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xfreerdp: FreeRDP X11 client


xfreerdp - FreeRDP X11 client


xfreerdp [options] server[:port]


xfreerdp is an X11 Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) client which is part of the FreeRDP project. An RDP server is built-in to many editions of Windows. Alternative servers included xrdp and VRDP (VirtualBox).



Attach to the admin console of the server.

-a bpp

Sets the color depth for the connection to bpp bits per pixel. Valid values are 8, 15, 16, 24 and 32. The default value is the color depth of the FreeRDP-window.

-c dir

Sets the working-dir to dir. This parameter is only used when an AlternateShell (-s shell) is requested. dir should contain the executable file specified in the AlternateShell.


Removes the windows decorations.

-d domain

Set the domain used in authentication to domain.


start in full screen mode. This mode can always be en- and disabled using Ctrl-Alt-Enter.

-T text

Sets the window title to text.

-g geometry

Sets the size of the FreeRDP window (and of the remote desktop, when establishing a new connection). geometry can have one of the following forms:


in this case the resulting window will be of WxH pixels.


in this case the resulting window will be P% of your screen.

The special keyword workarea

in this case the resulting window will be of the same size as your workarea.


Print help.

-k id

Sets the keyboard-layout-id to id.


Do not interfere with window manager bindings (don't grab keyboard).

-n hostname

Set the reported client hostname to hostname. Default is to automatically detect the hostname.


Play audio on the console instead of redirecting to the client.

-p password

Password used in authentication.

-s shell

Sets the startup-shell to shell. This parameter should contain a complete path to the alternate shell. If the alternete shell requires a different working directory use -c dir.

-t port

Connect to port, instead of the default 3389.

-u username

Username used in authentication.

-x flag

Set the experience performance flags. flag can be one of:

m - (modem)

Equivalent to 15.

b - (broadband)

Equivalent to 1.

l - (lan)

Equivalent to 0.


A hexadecimal number that represents a bit-mask, were numbers mean the following [1]:


Disable desktop wallpaper.


Disable full-window drag (only the window outline is displayed when the window is moved).


Disable menu animations.


Disable user interface themes.


Disable mouse cursor shadows.


Disable cursor blinking.


Enable font smoothing.


Enable Desktop Composition.

-X xid

embed xfreerdp into window with xid.


Enable compression.


initialize a RemoteApp connection. This implies -g workarea.


Skips authentication. This is useful e.g. for the current FreeRDP server that doesn't yet support server-side authentication.


Only authenticates. This is useful to test your credentials (username and password). Returns status code 0 if the client can connect. Requires a username, password and connection host at the command line.


Disable bitmap cache.

--certificate-name name

use name for the logon certificate, instead of the server name


Enable composition (RDVH only, not to be confused with remote composition).

--ext extname

load extension extname


Disables fast-path. Use slow-path packets instead, which have larger headers. It might be good for debugging certain issues when you suspect it might be linked to the parsing of one of the two header types.


Prompts for unspecified arguments -u username, -p password, -d domain and connection host. This is useful to hide arguments from ps. Also useful for scripts that will feed these arguments to the client via (what else?) stdin.


Disable full window drag.

--gdi backend

GDI (Graphics Device Interface) rendering backend. backend can be either sw (software) or hw (hardware).


Print help.


ignore verification of logon certificate.


list all keyboard layout ids used by -k


Disable menu animations.


Don't send mouse motion events.


Disable network level authentication.


Enable NSCodec.


Disable off screen bitmaps.

--plugin pluginname

Load pluginname

In Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6, the following plugins are available:


Clipboard support


Used for multimedia redirection


For audio output


Remote Applications Integrated Locally


Debugging Virtual Channel


File System Support

As an example,

xfreerdp --plugin rdpsnd server

will enable audio output using the PulseAudio backend of the rdpsnd plugin. Please Note that Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 does not include support for the ALSA backend of the rdpsnd plugin.


Disable Standard RDP encryption.


Enable RemoteFX.


RemoteFX operational flags. flags can be either v[ideo], i[mage]), default is video.

--ntlm version

Force NTLM protocol version to be version, which can be one of 1 or 2.

--sec proto

Force protocol security. proto can be one of rdp, tls or nla.


Use salted checksums with Standard RDP encryption.


Disable theming.


Disable TLS encryption.


Print version information.


Disable wallpaper.




The FreeRDP Team


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